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Beauty Fades

by Hit & Run Bluegrass

Hit & Run tastefully interprets standard bluegrass and traditional tunes with their youthful energy, while skillfully crafting original tunes in a contemporary groove.
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1. Beauty Fades
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2. Trouble & Pain
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3. Lonely Comin' Down
3:27 $0.99
4. Coach's Stomp
2:56 $0.99
5. The Whole World Round
2:58 $0.99
6. Cold Iron Door
3:32 $0.99
7. Old, Old House
3:34 $0.99
8. Silver & Gold
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9. Goin' Back to Georgia
4:07 $0.99
10. Killing the Blues
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11. Get Outta Town
3:13 $0.99
12. How I Curse That Man (I Thought Was Mine)
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Album Notes
Bluegrass is surely a people's music. Folks who have never crossed paths are suddenly brought together by a shared passion for music with roots as old as the hills. Such is the story of Hit & Run Bluegrass, Colorado's newest offering to the bluegrass and acoustic music scene. The band formed in early 2002 with a common vision of authentic-yet-modern bluegrass. Only a few months later, the group of stellar pickers won the 2002 Rockygrass Band Competition in Lyons, CO. Less than a year after that, Hit & Run took first place at the 2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, making them the first and only band to win both contests. According to Denver's Westword newspaper, "Something's got to be up when one bluegrass band suddenly surpasses all the others. Here in Colorado, that band is Hit & Run."

"Hit & Run is far and away the most exciting up-and-coming bluegrass act in Colorado right now," shares Eric Pirritt, Colorado talent buyer for Boulder's Fox Theatre. "They have been able to harness a style of bluegrass that has both young kids and older folks lining up in the streets for their show, each and every time they play." Hit & Run's appeal may be their youthful energy combined with their contemporary sound, inspired by the hardcore grooves of Alison Krauss & Union Station, Blue Highway, and the Tony Rice Unit, among other favorites. Hit & Run tastefully interprets standard bluegrass and traditional tunes, and they skillfully craft original tunes; their music is "handspun yet motor-driven, a well-oiled machine of sound produced by men and women with flying fingers and high, lonesome voices." (Westword)

You may have met these young pickers around campfires in Colorado. Todd Livingston, known for ripping, lonesome, blues solos, has been turning heads as the 2001 Rockygrass Dobro Champion; his apprenticeship with Grammy-winner Sally Van Meter is evident by his tasteful arrangements and backup. John Frazier's mandolin virtuosity has garnered him recognition as one of Colorado's premier mandolinists. He was the visionary of the popular Tall Trees Grove in Boulder for three years, where he gained a following for his singing and songwriting; his "classic" sounding original songs are an integral part of Hit & Run's repertoire. Banjo champion Aaron Youngberg brings a loyal Fort Collins fan base to the band along with his hard-drivin' orginal tunes. 21-year-old Erin Coats grew up playing the bass since age nine with her banjo-pickin' dad in Wyoming. Her powerful bluegrass voice has been known to blow off a roof or two. Rebecca Hoggan has received national attention in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, Bluegrass Unlimited, and Bluegrass Now for her flatpicking guitar and vocal accomplishments, which are exhibited on her debut solo release, "Born in East Virginia." Rebecca has also been recognized for her mandolin work with Boulder's All Night Honky Tonk All Stars. Both John and Rebecca have recently collaborated with Richard Greene, formerly the fiddle player for Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys. Alongside Gene Libbea, the quartet played a number of Greene's 2003 Colorado concerts.

Two-time Grammy winner Gene Libbea joined the band as bass-player/singer from January to June 2003, while Erin Coats took a leave of absence. His 13-year tenure with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, as well as his 30-plus years of experience as a professional musician, brought priceless ideas and input to Hit & Run Bluegrass during that time. Gene produced the band's four-song studio demo, released in the spring of 2003, and has been Hit & Run's coach and mentor since 2002. Says Libbea: "This band has immense talent. They are destined to go far."

Hit & Run was invited to record their debut album, "Beauty Fades," at Doobie Shea Studios in Boones Mill, Virgnia. Tim Austin, founder of the Lonesome River Band and Doobie Shea Records, produced and engineered the project in January, 2004. A March 17 release date is expected.

"It is easy to see why Hit & Run is moving up so quickly-their music is powerful and their professionalism is amazing for such a young band," comments George Gertz, producer of the Sunlight Bluegrass Festival. Since 2002 Hit & Run has been invited to share the bill with Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas Band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Sam Bush Band, Open Road, Jim Hurst Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Yonder Mountain String Band, among other first class acoustic acts. In 2004, Hit & Run will have played at every major bluegrass festival in Colorado, and graced many of the state's beautiful theaters. With a full schedule lined up for the 2003 & 2004 festival seasons, including Rockygrass and Telluride, this hard drivin' bluegrass band plans to share as much energy and enthusiasm as possible in the years to come.



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Clyde L. Snider

My favorite new Bluegrass goup.
I found this cd to be very easy to listen to and also addictive Ihave played it atlest twice a day since I got it in the mail.I am a fan of Bluegrass for over 40 years so keep putting out the good music.

David Oliver

Great "accessible" bluegrass CD!
I liked *all* the tracks on the CD. My favorite is track 5, which I heard on 91.5 KUNC FM out of Greeley, Colorado. I am a novice banjo player (much better at trombone and bass) and loved the banjo playing and sound on the CD. There are at least 3 very capable vocalists on the various tracks, and some good instrumental tracks are thrown in as well.


Beautiful, fun, and very tight group. The music is what most bluegrass fans are looking for, these musicians will be in high demand very soon.

James Beene

quick and easy music will please any one
lets keep this sort of music going it is from the very roots of this country,as always JLBeene

Roland Berg

Beauty fades
Probably the best contemporary bluegrass I´ve heard lately. I´m a "Hit and Run" addict from now and many years to come.

Paolo Ercoli

Very Nice
One of the finest thing I've heard lately. nice songs, very well played and sang. Really great !

Barry Scholl

Nice balance of traditional and progressive elements
As a Dobro player myself and longtime fan of acoustic music, I found Beauty Fades immediately compelling. Without spending too much time summarizing individual cuts, I'll say simply that the band utilizes traditional elements in an unconventional way. Both Erin Coats and Rebecca Livingston sing well, Todd Livingston contributes nice, languid Dobro work, and the songwriting (much of it original) is rooted in familiar forms without being too reminiscent of bluegrass standards. A very engaging debut.

Joe Ross

Among the most promising young bluegrass bands in the nation today
Playing Time – 41:12 -- Hit & Run Bluegrass is a Colorado-based band that formed in late 2001. During their short time together, they have already made history by becoming the only band to win both prestigious band contests at Rockygrass and Telluride. Grammy winner Gene Libbea (formerly with the Nashville Bluegrass Band) joined Hit & Run Bluegrass as bass-player/singer for six months in 2003, produced their studio demo, and served as a coach and mentor to them.

For their debut album, the band saved for over six months with the goal of recording the highest quality album possible. In July 2003, they convened at Doobie Shea Studios in Boones Mill, VA and now have a very impressive recording called “Beauty Fades” under their belts to showcase their “authentic-yet-modern” bluegrass. First class fiddler Aubrey Haynie appears as a special guest.

Todd Livingston is the 2001 Rockygrass Dobro Champion and the writer of “Get Outta Town,” a technically impressive instrumental that pushes the newgrass envelope. John Frazier’s mandolin playing and singing are very proficient, and he contributes three well-penned and thoughtful original songs that he also sings lead on (Trouble & Pain, Cold Iron Door, Goin’ Back to Georgia). “Cold Iron Door” was one that helped them win the Telluride band contest. Banjo champion Aaron Youngberg hails from Fort Collins, CO., and he composed the high-stepping instrumental “Coach’s Stomp.” Erin Coats, from Wyoming, may only be 21-years-old but she’s been playing bass since age nine. The stalwart vocalist sings lead on two numbers (Old, Old House; How I Curse That Man). Originally from Virginia, guitarist Rebecca Hoggan has expert command of her flatpicking and singing abilities. She composed “Beauty Fades” and “How I Curse That Man,” and she sings lead on five songs that also include some selected covers from Porter Wagoner, Rowland Salley, Lisa Aschmann & Mark Simos, and Mitchell Jayne & Joe Stuart.

Among the most promising young bands in the nation today, Hit & Run Bluegrass has clearly emerged as a major force in the market as they introduce a younger demographic to their large body of original music. At the same time, they’ve managed an enchanting magnetic sound that also thrills long-standing bluegrass fans who simply know and enjoy good bluegrass. If these friends can keep it together, stay focused on their band’s goals, maintain their heavy touring schedule, then their greatest is yet to come. They’ve already accomplished one helluvalot, more than many bands can in a lifetime. This debut album shows that Hit & Run Bluegrass has their music and professional presentation under control. Their business acumen is also top-notch, and bookings will allow us to see them at festivals and venues throughout the west. Pacific Northwest audiences will be able to hear them at the 2004 Bluewaters and Mt. Hood Festivals in August. My only suggestions for them would be to book some more appearances back east, include the lyrics for their originals in future CD jackets, and use a larger font for their liner notes! Although my eyes may be getting a little fuzzy with the fine 8-point print, my ears are still sharp enough to tell me that Hit & Run Bluegrass is a band clearly marked for great future success. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)